Excerpt: Some games rise to the occasion, managing to ride the wave of hype into gaming history, but others crumble. Haze, from TimeSplitters developer Free Radical, feels like a game crushed under the weight of expectation, a game that appears to have been frozen in time from four years ago.
Excerpt: Timing’s a funny thing in gaming world. Sometimes there’s a near mystical convergence of time, quality and luck that leads to the release of a game that marks a new console with particular levels of quality and brilliance.
Excerpt: Sound is one of Haze 's few stand-out elements. Even though most of the dialogue is poorly written and overly repetitious, the voicework isn't all that bad. I mean, if you're going to make every soldier in the game sound like an amped-up frat boy, you might as well have a bunch of guys who can yell...
Conclusion: Make no mistake, Haze is unoriginal and uninspiring. It was also clearly rushed, and was labeled as a killer app for the PS3 after only a few previews and clips. Never before has a Free Radical game felt so unpolished and lacking in spark.